Film Review: Noah

Like most Christians my curiosity was piqued months ago when I first saw the trailer for Noah. You could almost hear the collective “Hallelujah!” as many were excited at the mere thought of Hollywood producing a Bible story. Finally! We’ll have something to watch other than the Passion of the Christ.

Then the controversy started which, by the way, will always exist; that’s why we have denominations after all. Apparently some people weren’t so excited about a non-Christian telling a Bible story. Some say it promotes evolution. Some say Darren Aronofsky is an atheist or agnostic. Some boycotted the film (without seeing it) for any number of personal, religious convictions. Personally I was even more intrigued and eager to see it because of the controversy. After all, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

A note to my Christian friends: If you plan to see it, go this weekend. There is no other factor that influences Hollywood more than the success or failure of a film’s opening weekend. Hollywood is not interested in your opinion; they’re interested in your money. Vote with your wallet and tell them there is a huge market willing to see more films like this.

To those who are opposed to the film I respect you for sticking to your convictions, yet I challenge you to follow the advice of Michelangelo: “Criticize by creating.” Perhaps then you’ll understand why Noah is a film to be celebrated for it’s accomplishments, rather than degraded for it’s shortcomings.

SPOILER ALERT: Everybody dies.

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Where are the forceful men?

Over the past several weeks I’ve received many emails about the movie “The Golden Compass.” Christian activists jumped all over this film and the books that preceded it. They warned of an overtly atheistic message, and they told families to stay far away from it this Christmas season.

So what did I do? I went to a matinée showing opening day.*

I first heard of this movie from a well-intended Christian organization, and immediately I felt like we’ve missed the point. Rather than providing a solution all I heard was them telling us that we should avoid the problem. “Let’s boycott it. That’ll show ’em!” If that is our best defense then I suggest we go ahead and throw in the towel. We are inadvertently giving them the victory if we don’t even show up to fight.

If the Kingdom of God is “forcefully advancing” then we are lagging behind by choosing to hold our ground.

As for The Golden Compass, I say “Bring it on! Do your worst.” This sort of thing should cause us as Christians to rise to the challenge, not back away from it. Let’s turn our criticisms into creations, and show the world that God is the Author of creativity. Criticize by creating!